Wine of the Week: Laurent-Perrier, Champagne AOC, Brut Non-Vintage

Laurent-Perrier, Champagne AOC, Brut Non-Vintage

Source: Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2012
By Rebecca Murphy

NF_LaurentPerrierIt’s the time of year for bubbly. This year, opt for elegance with this multivintage blend from the Champagne house of Laurent-Perrier. The blend is half chardonnay, the main reason for the elegance, with pinot noir for roundness and pinot meunier for floral notes.

Tiny bubbles delight the eyes, while citrusy, brioche and lightly floral aromas entice the nose. In the mouth, the wine is smooth, gliding across the tongue with delicate yeasty, citrus and green apple flavors. Of course, it’s a delicious wine for a toast. Its citrus flavors will shine with oysters on the half shell or will balance the richness of lobster. If you’re going for a more casual event, try it with something fried or with buttered popcorn.

Brut nonvintage is actually a multivintage wine, meaning that the winemaker blends wines from several harvests to create the desired house style. Remember that Champagne and many other sparkling wines get their bubbles from the second fermentation of a base wine in the bottle. Champagne houses may keep several wines from previous vintages on hand to ensure that their brut multivintage will be consistent from year to year. So if you like the Laurent-Perrier Brut today, you will be able to count on liking it for years to come.

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